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Michael Lowry Welcomes €4m Energy Efficiency Funding

County Tipperary T.D, Mr Michael Lowry has welcomed the Government’s latest funding injection of over €4 million for Energy Efficiency Upgrades in Co. Tipperary.

In a statement yesterday, Mr Lowry said; “I heartily welcome an allocation of funding from the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Mr Denis Naughten, which will see €26 million being approved for some 44 community energy projects across Ireland; over €4 million of which, I am happy to state, will be received for identified projects here in Co. Tipperary”.

The funding is being released under this year’s ‘Better Energy Communities Schemes’ which is administered by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland, on behalf of the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment.

Deputy Lowry further stated, “The Better Energy Communities Schemes is intended to assist private and public buildings achieve energy efficiency upgrading. The identified Tipperary projects will see the installation and/or upgrading of energy efficient heating systems; energy efficient lighting, and solar heating. These successful projects in Tipperary will see the inclusion of energy upgrades to over 250 homes, along with works carried out to Public, Commercial and Retail Buildings. I also welcome the works to be carried out on Schools, Community Halls and GAA sport facilities, right across our county”.

Lowry continued, “Today’s total grant announcement heralds a very welcome and an important phase in the continued development of those at risk of energy poverty. This funding will continue to also assist in the development of the industry, both sustaining and developing employment in our local economy”.

Projects in Tipperary receiving funding will include:-

BEC/00633: This proposal is a collective one on behalf of a range of Eco-Merit member companies and organisations. These are a mix of commercial, public and not-for-profit entities, including registered charities with a common goal of improving their sustainability and energy efficiency. The non-domestic buildings involved in the project include: Waterford and South Tipperary Community Youth Services (WSTCYS). WSTCYS will share a grant offer of €170,586, along with other qualified projects in this section.

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Thurles Civil Registration Office To Reopen

Public Representation on Civil Registration Department successful.

A definite date for the resumption of services at the now closed Civil Registration Office in Thurles, has at last been confirmed.

This response follows strong ongoing representations by Deputy Michael Lowry on this issue, which was being interpreted by the public in the greater Thurles area, as yet a further lessening of already diminishing rural services.

In a letter addressed yesterday to Deputy Michael Lowry from Mr Bernard Gloster; latter Chief Officer, HSE Mid West Community Healthcare, it has now been confirmed that the Civil Registration Office will re-open to the public on Monday 15th May, 2017, operating on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.

The public will now be able to resume using St Mary’s Health Centre in Castlemeadows, Thurles, to obtain birth, death and marriage certificates.

Correspondence to Mr Lowry reads:-

Private and Confidential
Mr Michael Lowry, T.D. Constituency Office Abbey Road, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

10th April 2017 

Re: Public Representation – Civil Registration Department, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Dear Deputy Lowry,
I wish to refer to your representation received in relation to above and to advise the following:

The HR Department, HSE Mid West Community Healthcare is in the process of filling the position of Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages at the Civil Registration Department, Thurles. This Department will re-open to the public on Monday 15th May, 2017, operating on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.

I trust this addresses the issues raised in your representation.

Yours sincerely
Bernard Gloster
Príomhoifigeach Cúraim Sláinte Phobail FSS an Mheán Iarthair.
Chief Officer, HSE Mid-West Community Healthcare.


Fine Gael Defeated In Water Charge Vote

The Oireachtas Committee examining water charges today have formally voted to scrap charges, and fund water through general taxation.

Fine Gael’s six member committee have totally abandoned this afternoon’s meetings of the Water Charges Committee following a defeat by 14-6, in a vote as to whether the Irish water system should be funded through general taxation or alternatively to retain up-front charges.

Some €500m have been spent on installing domestic water meters and almost another half billion have been spent on related work through Irish Water, including the setting up of their billing system, accountants and consultants.

Anti-water charge campaigners are claiming that at least one billion Euro was poured down the drain by Fine Gael and Irish Water, in overall wasted costs and the spend on water meters.


Minister Mary M. O’Connor To Send Op-Eds To Regional Papers Again

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Ms Mary Mitchell O’Connor will most certainly want articles and pictures taken of her at last years ploughing championships to be most definitely sent once again to all Tipperary rural newspapers, after the announcement yesterday of over 200 job losses in Nenagh, Co Tipperary. Here once again she is being slammed over her complete failure to create even one job in rural Tipperary.

[Remember this is the same “Minister for Jobs Lady” who suggested that tax incentives be given to Irish people who ran out of this country to find employment; in an effort to encourage them to return home. If you are from Tipperary and are reasonably happy abroad, stay where you are folks, there is certainly nothing on the employment front for you in rural Tipperary. Watch ‘Leaders Questions’; sure even our TD’s are failing to turn up for work in Dáil Éireann at present.]

As Independent.ie made us aware, the Jobs Minister instructed her advisers, on September 22nd 2016 last, by email at 5.39am, sending them the first paragraph of a story that appeared in our own Tipperary Star newspaper.

Photo Ms Mary Mitchell O’Connor, courtesy Independent.ie

To quote Independent.ie “It stated that Fianna Fáil TD Jackie Cahill slammed the minister for continuing to allow a two-tier Ireland take hold.

He quoted jobs figures from the previous government, saying almost half of IDA-supported jobs were in the greater Dublin area.

Four minutes after sending her first email, Ms Mitchell O’Connor wrote to her advisers: “I want Op-Eds [comment articles] going into local papers all over country.” She added: “Get a pic of me at ploughing and with Kerrygold. Agri food, artisan food and farming will need to be referenced.”
A spokeswoman for the minister last night said that “following further discussion” it was decided that all communications with regional newspapers “would be done around the regional action plan for jobs”.

On a previous occasion, Ms Mitchell O’Connor sent her advisers a link to an RTÉ story headlined “Minister criticised over Roche job losses”. The job losses were in Clare, Fine Gael TD Joe Carey’s constituency, and he called on the minister to travel to the company’s HQ in Switzerland to try to save the jobs. Ms Mitchell O’Connor asked her advisers to get her contact details for the pharmaceutical firm’s boss in Co Clare and to get an update from the IDA on replacing the facility.

She also asked: “What about a trip to Swiss HQ?”

A spokeswoman confirmed that the minister didn’t travel to Switzerland as it became clear that Roche’s decision was final and such a trip “would not have changed the outcome”.  She said last night that: “All regions have seen an increase in employment.”

No Minister O’Connor, “All regions have not seen an increase in employment.”

Where are the jobs promised prior to the last General Election, held on 26th February 2016?

We can confirm that the 1,432 jobs announced, highlighted and published in mid to late 2015, by former Tipperary Labour Minister Mr Alan Kelly, (700 for Nth Tipp. & 692 for Sth Tipp.), same promised employment prospects have not as yet materialised in 2017.


Vera Twomey Continues Protest Walk For Daughter Ava

Local Moycarkey / Borris correspondent Mr Gerry Bowe reports on Vera Twomey’s protest walk through Co. Tipperary :-

“Our parish of Moycarkey / Borris, on Thursday last, welcomed M/s Vera Twomey. Here she was met with open arms by a number of parish people, representing the feelings of the local community, to demonstrate full support for her on her journey.

Vera, as everyone knows, is walking from Cork to Dublin to meet Fine Gael TD and Minister for Health, (since May 2016), Mr Simon Harris; seeking medical support for her beautiful, six year old daughter Ava.  Ava who suffers from a rare form of epilepsy called ‘Dravets Syndrome’,  latter a rare genetic epileptic encephalopathy (dysfunction of the brain) which today remains drug resistant. At present little Ava is experiencing up to 40 seizures a day, resulting in her family living in continued desperation; with medicinal cannabis oil the only known possible help available.

In her efforts to highlight Ava’s condition and persuade the Minister for Health to sign off on the use of ‘Medicinal Cannabis Oil’, Vera continued her epic walk from Cork, through Cashel on Thursday to Littleton, with a large number of locals who walked in solidarity with her. On Friday morning she was in Littleton national school and was given a guard of honour by school kids and parents, seeing her off on the next leg of her journey to Johnstown.

After a very emotional and empowering speech given by School Principal Mr Christy Clancy; 5th and 6th class walked with Vera, Brian & Gino, in horrific weather conditions, to the end of the bicycle path, where they again wished her well on her journey. In a show of further solidarity, Vera continued to be accompanied by a large number of parishioners on foot, walking to beyond Mary Willie’s pub at Longford Pass, Thurles, Co. Tipperary along the R639 route.”

Mr Bowe reports that he found Vera Twomey a very humble but determined lady, who instantly clicked with everyone she met; while showing immeasurable gratitude. Hopefully Vera will get the result she needs to bring home to Cork and to Ava, on Tuesday next.

All support shown for Ava and Vera is greatly appreciated and all details, petitions etc., can be found here by clicking on her Facebook.